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The art business is booming in Hong Kong. Hollywood Road in Sheung Wan is lined with galleries, good for an impromptu art walk. Or consider a trip east to Chai Wan, where artists are repurposing anonymous industrial spaces as interdisciplinary exhibition spaces.
Both White Cube and Gagosian are located in Central, and these heavy hitters of the art world bring marquee names to Hong Kong.
Sundaram Tagore is another international name found in Hong Kong. This gallery forges East-West connections through its exhibitions as well as “events that encourage spiritual, social and aesthetic dialogues.” You'll find it on Hollywood Road in Central.
More than a gallery, Para/Site is a non-profit art space that strives to put art into context with ambitious programs of thought-provoking events and exhibitions. This gallery is located on Hollywood in Sheung Wan.
Since 1983, the Pedder Street gallery Hanart TZ has been a tireless champion of Chinese art on the world stage. They have an additional (and much larger) space, Hanart Square, further afield in Kwai Chung.
Hong Kong is filled with so many celebrated galleries that "best" really depends on what's showing when you're there. It helps to pick up a local guide and see what's on. Alternately, a ramble down Hollywood Road from end to end offers an interesting cross-section of art.
Here are some good bets to get you started:
Sundaram Tagore Gallery is the oldest, and only, gallery that trafficks in deeply crosscultural art. The results are often breathtaking. Look for international masters of beauty like Sebastiao Salgado, Hiroshi Senju, Edward Burtynsky and Annie Leibovitz.
Para/Site strives to showcase local art talents, such as Adrian Wong and Samson Young, and some larger names (think Ai Wei Wei) in non-profit conceptual exhibits designed to make you think.
Above Second is Hong Kong's new, cool kid on the block. Their monthly exhibits focus on genre-bending street and pop art from around the world.
White Cube This Hong Kong outpost might not have same the amazing design (a white cube) as its celebrate London parent gallery, but it definitely has the same high caliber exhibitiions. Gilbert and George and the Chapman brothers are recent features.
Duddell's The newest addition to Hong Kong's art scene is Duddell's, an art gallery meets restaurant meets artists' salon meets bar. Gaze at the art while enjoying gourmet Cantonese cuisine designed by Chef Siu Hin Chi of the Michelin starred T’ang Court, and then stay for a drink outside, or a debate on the meaning of contemporary art. This is modern Hong Kong.